Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Hi crafty friends and bloggy followers and fellow WOYWWers...

Today is the day.  Today is the day of the week that we reveal the truth.  The truth behind our crafting habits and our levels of conscientiousness.  Who is conscientious enough to waste crafting time and tidy up after themselves?...  My philisophy is this - by not tidying up, you get a good extra 15 minutes or so more crafting in. What would you do... Me?  I like to get the extra crafting in - why spoil the flow of creativity by stopping and spending the last 10 or 15 minutes at the desk tidying away to have to get it all out again the next time if you hadn't finished.  At least if you were mid-project, you'll know what you're coming back to - no blank canvas to scare away your mojo.

Well that's exactly my
excuse reason for having a creative desk every week!!!

Here is that said lovely desk in all its glory... look - it seeps creativity through every pore.  Every inch of it used as an artists palette - each and every bit of
mess creativity, every piece of mess stash is like the paints on the said artists palette.  That makes me the artist, the creator of art.  I need to keep the paint on my palette!

OK - so I'm messy and it takes ALL of the crap on my desk to produce ONE card per 8hour shift. Yes indeedy.  

My darling, long-suffering hard working husband went out for his afters shift last Friday while I was at the desk wondering what to do for my Guest DT card (see previous post).  I cut enough squares out to re tile our kitchen.  I printed enough images out to wallpaper the stairs.  I got flowers, gems, pearls out, I die cut swirls, fancy tags, more squares... I did numerous layouts of cards and photographed them so I could remember and compare them... then finally, when he came back home I was still sat at the desk.  Finished, drained, cold.  Too dark to get a decent picture of my finished card to send it off.

Well, Saturday was a lost cause until after lunch.  Sitting at the desk that long had done me no favours at all.  AT ALL let me tell you!!!  Still, I enjoyed it.  I have plenty of material left to make, ahem, a dozen or so cards - that will all pretty much be a variation on a theme!

Here is what you came to see my WOYWWers and bloggy friends.  I give you.... tada!


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The above is the left hand side of the desk - and it is looking like that because I had been working on it - in fact, it got far messier before I finished - but I'd taken these pics after I did start on my tidying because I needed to see what I was doing then remember to take them.  It's slightly overhead - I just stretched up and over and hoped for the best seeing as I couldn't see the back of the camera (I'm only 5'4" - if that).

Next picture is to the right, but the angle has come forward and down a bit - basically I couldn't manage a second stretch over.  Just before this one, I got my pink slippers in the shot so had to take again!!!

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My desk still has all the remnants of my GDT card making marathon of Friday - and some on Saturday and Monday, which was pretty much the same - only a slimmed down version of Friday (won't go there again for a while - 8 plus hours I mean... although it was really nearer to 10 if I'm honest).  I spent yesterday making cards with the extra stuff I'd die cut, and die cut some more for future sessions with my favourite Black and Gold Forever Friends card making.

Last week I pointed out some pretty coloured card that I'd sorted out of a box of stuff I'd recently purchased from the local craft warehouse.  I just have to sort things out into colour order if its sits still long enough.

Some commenter's were (I think), under the impression that it was all the card I owned.  Erm, no.  That would be here:

The 4 bottom drawers on each side are deeper than the top 4.  This set sits behind my chair but side on - you might just see the wheels to my chair in the bottom right of this pic.  The chair is in front of my desk.  It is a tight squeeze for anyone wanting to get past my chair from the kitchen.  Basically, at the back of the wall where these drawers stand, is where my kitchen units start and where the kettle is... not far to go for a cup of coffee eh? 

The drawers house all of my plain cardstock, one or two kits, all my fancy paper, the top left drawer has all the cables and leads to cameras, gadgets etc - all bagged and labelled.  It's also where I keep my spare batteries.  The second left is where all sticky labels of various sizes are kept - also a CD label making kit.

I won't bore you with telling you what's in each drawer - suffice to say, the paper that is on the top of my printer won't fit in any of them at the moment, hence it still being there.  I need to jiggle some stuff around because I've had to 'cross-contaminate' (as it were) some colours - and that's not sitting with me very well!!!

So tell me, are you conscientious - or do you prefer 15 minutes extra crafting time - you know, the 15 minutes it would have taken to tidy up.  Whichever it is, we really don't mind.  We like variety you see.  Wouldn't do to see nearly 200 desks all in the same state - how bloody boring would that be.  We want to see it whatever state of array it is.  Obviously, it's quite nice to see a project or two as well.  

You can guarantee a couple of stunners from the sisters in the Philippines.  You can't not go and see their desks.  Go to Julia's blog, read all about it - she might be mid-preparations for her next workshop - you might see a deckchair especially for an iPad (yeh - an iPad)  It is a mini desk top deckchair.  What did you think I meant?.  Julia is the mistress of desks you see.  I like to refer to her as the Pied Piper of crafters.  Crafters and their desks.  She rolls up her best cardstock and pipes the tune on a Wednesday morning - "come link up your desks, come link up your desks".  Not sure which tune it is - maybe you could suggest one!!!

You'll even realise if you join in that not everyone even crafts on a desk.  But you have to join in to find out who doesn't.  Oh, on another desk/post you are more or less guaranteed to see a rocking horse.  Then there is someone who will show you a picture or their stunning pussy cats - both if you're lucky, but at least one - and he's worth seeking out - that is if his mistress has taken part.  

Another may show you her sewing 'to do rail' or even her scrummy grandchildren.  You might get to see a pair of sock and a piece of something yummy on another - both on the table - at the same time (naughty girl)... 

Another WOYWWer has just moved into a new place with THE most humungous craft space you've seen in a long time - even ever!  I'm personally keeping up with the progress of that one.  Can't wait to see it finished.

Do you see?  You get to know people and become familiar with their desks/makeshift desks - people from all over the globe.  It makes the world a smaller place, and people all over the world more accessible.  They become your crafting bloggy family.  You might not see them every week because there is so many to visit, or they may have a reason they can't take part, but some people wouldn't miss it for the world.  It maybe their only post of the week some weeks.  It's addictive.  I even posted from my hospital bed - with a little help from a very special lady I met through this very feature (she knows who she is).  She's the one with the sewing 'to do' rail. 

You might make sure you get round certain ones and become 'regulars'.  But the fact is - they are always there.  There to be visited day or night.  To seek advice, to give advice, to behold their talent.  You can't always say that about your extended flesh and blood, now can you?

Sorry for the long post this week - hope you don't mind and made it to the end!

Before I do go, I want everyone to say a little prayer for those on the east coast of the States in the path of the devastating hurricane Sandy.  For all those affected however small.  I'm thinking of you all, and pray that you soon recover from the devastation it has caused, and hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Happy WOYWW people. 


Paula x x x

Monday, 29 October 2012

Guest DT Spot–Forever Friends Challenge Blog

Hello crafty friends and bloggy followers

Following the exciting news that I was the design team members chosen winner for challenge 46, on the Forever Friends Challenge blog-  not only did I win digi stamps from Saturated Canary, but I was also honoured with the chance to become their Guest DT member for this fortnights challenge (challenge number 48) which is a sketch challenge.

Sketches are easy peasy to follow if you struggle with card blindness or loss of mojo – like I often do!  So, here is the sketch, which I have to add, was a dream to use:

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So, using the sketch, this is the card I came up with. You can see it on the Forever Friends Challenge website.  If you want to enter your own card using this sketch, you have a whole fortnight to so do – the deadline is Midnight on Sunday 11th November.  In the meantime, I will be sending this to a special couple very soon – but cannot divulge who right now!

Here is my card – regular readers are accustomed to my love of Forever Friends Black and Gold and my cards which are dotted about my blog!

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 A little bit of info about how I made the card:
  • Forever Friends Black and Gold collection from the Docrafts Digital Designer for the patterned papers, the image and the sentiment.
  • Cuttlebug Corner die 
  • Spellbinders Square Nestibilities - classic square small and classic square large for the matting and layering of the 4 smaller squares
  • Spelbinders Label 15 to cut the cream pearl cardstock then embossed with the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder. This was used as a mat for gorgeous image of the Forever Friends  couple topper.  I designed the topper with the frame round using the Docrafts Designer Software, then cut out by hand.
  • Spellbinders Fancy Tags which I cut using black cardstock.  The sentiment was then matted on top.
  • Marianne Design Creatables Large Swirl which I cut out of gold mirri card
  • The cute little cream flowers are from my stash and have been there for ages.  I think I bought them off ebay
Hope you love the card as much as I do!

Happy crafting all

Paula x x x

I’d love it if you left a comment.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

You Cast a Spell on Me!

Have you noticed the number of challenges out there that have Halloween as their theme – or a variation on that theme?

Well, recently I’ve been itching to colour some of my Tiddly Ink digi stamps up, so I thought I’d join in with some of those challenges (if I'm not too late) to give me a good reason  to get some printed out.  I have too many of Christy’s digi’s to count, so it seems a real shame that I’ve not coloured any up in a while – which is really bad because I think they are some of the nicest digi’s on the bloggy web.

I’ve never made a Halloween card before – I’ve never had the need; it’s not something I do nor something I send, but I just felt like joining in because there are some stunners out there.  You know what they say?  If you can’t beat them, join them…

Well here she is then

To make my card:
  • I printed out the orange and white striped background paper, which is one that I got from Tiddly Inks a long time ago - I can't remember whether it came bundled with an image and if so which one, but it's definitely one for a spooky occasion.  I then ran it back through my printer to print the spiders web on, which is also a Tiddly Inks digital image.  I then matted it onto black card, before adhering some orange grosgrain ribbon diagonally in opposite corners on that mat before securing it to my card blank.
  • I printed a sheet of black and white damask type pattered paper out which I've had for ages.  If I remember rightly, it was a freebie designed and offered by Jak Heath (over 3, nearly 4 years ago) find it here.  Take a look around Jaks blog for some fabulous design papers and images - all for free personal use only.  I then die cut the paper with Spellbinders label 15.
  • I stuck the pattern paper down before I stuck some gorgeous black feathers down using Pinflair glue gel.  The black feathers represent the black crow or craven associated with horror movies!!!
  • I die cut a smaller labels 15 shape in black card and stuck down over the feathers and the patterned mat.  
  • I then stuck down my image on top of the black mat using Pinflair glue gel again to make it a bit dimensional.  I coloured my image with coloured pencils which has given a softer colour than using my promarker.
  • I wrote the words out in white pen on black card then cut each word out separately then doodled stitches around the edge, then attached them quite skewiff!
  • Finally, I added some small black acrylic gems to each corner of the orange and white stripe paper.
Image: Cast a Spell – Tiddly Inks Digi Stamp.
Paper: Tiddly Inks Digi paper (orange) with Tiddly Inks spider web digi over top
Design Paper: Black and white damask style paper – freebie from Jak Heath
Other: Feathers, ribbon, gems – all from stash
Colouring medium: Derwent Artist Colouring Pencils

So, after popping over to Feline Playful, these are the challenges that I have chosen to pop my card into:

Tiddly Inks - Challenge #96 - Halloween
Simply Create – Link Part #8 - Anything Goes
Daisy Doodles –  Challenge #70 - Halloween
Make It Monday – Challenge MIM #112 - Anything Goes
My Grafico – Challenge #139 – Halloween
Digi Darla’s Challenges -  Challenge DDC #34 – Halloween
Eureka Stamps – Challenges #11 – Things with Wings
*Forever Friends – Fortnightly Challenge #47 – Halloween/Autumn*
Tuesday Throwdown – Challenge #121 – Halloween
Totally Gorjuss – Challenge 155 – Things with Wings

* edited to add:  by the time I got round to linking this up, the challenge had closed 

So, there are quite a few challenges there.  As someone who hasn’t entered loads in the past – most of them are new to me.  Finding Feline Playful has been a complete revelation to me.  Entering challenges is something that I’m learning and finding out about and hopefully - maybe I’ll learn which ones suit my style more (that's if I’ve got a style – not sure I have)!

I have read all of the rules at each of the above challenge blogs, and have done my best to make sure in advance that I comply with each one respectively.  However, I apologise in advance if I have overlooked anything on any of them which finds that I  actually don't comply.

Thanks for looking, please leave a comment

Happy Crafting
Paula x x x

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Hello friends, bloggers, followers and crafty peeps

Well, here we are again, another Wednesday is upon us, and the weeks are now free falling into you know what…

A couple of times this past week, I’ve attempted to start my Christmas cards, but I just can’t seem to get myself going.  What is wrong with me?  I sit at the desk and stare for a while, I even move things about a bit then sort something else out – it’s all procrastination basically.  Why?  Part of me thinks it’s because I need a kick up the bum, another part of me doesn’t want to ‘fail’ and make bad cards – now how crazy does that sound.   I am my own worst enemy.

Here is the desk anyway:

Here is the top of my printer where I've piled up some papers I got from the My Craft Studio warehouse which is basically down the road from me.  I always like to get some plain colours when down there filling my box for £5.  You may not see it but I've had to sort them out into colours again.  I just cannot help myself.

I was asked a couple of times last week what the green collapsible thing next to the paper was – I also have a blue one which is currently housing my Promarkers (until I find a better alternative solution).  They are from IKEA and you got three in a set.  Someone very kindly gave me these a while ago when I went to an evening craft class.  They were from the children’s area, but I’ve never seen them myself so I assume they are an older line.  While they are collapsible – you’ll be lucky if you can get them to stay collapsed, unless you put a copy of ‘War and Peace’ on top of them.  I use the green one as bin for my bits of table top waste.

This is the first time in ages (or ever) that I’ve managed a decent ‘aerial’ shot!  This is the left /centre of the desk.  While doing my ‘procrastinating’ earlier, I coloured up one of my Tiddly Ink digis – it’s long, long overdue since the last time I coloured anything let alone a digi.  I really tried hard to do some light and dark shading of the dress and ended up using my pencils as I wasn’t satisfied with the look my alcohol pens were giving me.  The orange paper is also a paper from Tiddly Inks, which I put back through the printer to print a spiders web on – also a Tiddly Ink. 

There are so many challenges out there with the Halloween theme, so I thought I might see if I can’t join in.  I know the design team at Tiddly Inks is awesome, and I’ll never come up to their standards, but you don’t get anywhere if you don’t at least try!  The die is from Spellbinders labels 15.

The card on the right of the desk is made using an image from My Craft Studio CD and some die-cut leaves from Paper Flower Expert.

Nothing much here apart from some kitchen roll centres.  I’ve been saving – cos, boy – do we get through kitchen roll…

I’m sure I saw something they’d be useful for – but I can’t remember, so I’m saving them anyway in case I do…

That’s your lot.  I’m sure many will appreciate my unusually short post.

If you want to know why I am showing you my desk while explaining what’s on it – pop over to our weekly host, the fabulous Julia, and she’ll explain all about WOYWW.  That stands for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday by the way.  It does exactly what it says on the tin…

Before you go though, I’ll just let you leave me a little comment.  I’m kind like that ((winks)) ;0)

Happy desk hopping
Paula x x x

Monday, 22 October 2012

I'm a Forever Friends Favourite!

This morning I’ve been checking through my emails and have received a rather exciting one from a lady called Diane, who happens to be one of the Design Team members over at the Forever Friends Challenge Blog

Diane was getting in touch with me to see if I had seen that I had been picked as the Design Team’s Favourite for Week 46 Challenge – ‘Anything Goes’.

All my blogging friends will know how hopeless I am at using my a) right hand side bar to check for new posts and b) completely useless at checking my blogger or Google dashboard to check for new posts too.  I’m good for a couple of days, then everything falls back in to being useless again.

So, because I’d not been in touch already, she’d been to find me to tell me that I was the Design Team’s favourite.  Whoop whoop – happy dance!  Of all the entries that had used a Forever Friends bear in their project/card I was chosen as their winner, which makes it feel just that bit more special than being picked at random… (personal opinion that’s all)…

This is the card I used:

Card for Jess - Close up (640x480)

So, not only do I get the chance to pick 2 digi’s from Saturated Canary and earn the right to display this lovely badge:

- Favourite

I also get the chance to be their guest designer at a future challenge – which is extra special indeed…

That really has started my week off well.  Thank you to all the design team members who chose me as their winner.

Also, just until I downloaded the blog badge – I didn’t realise how it is similar to my card… funnily enough – it is just a complete co-incidence, because I didn’t realise there was a FF Challenge blog until I found the website ‘Feline Playful’.  Then completely randomly, I entered this card because it fit in with more than one challenge… 

How about that!

I will just go and look at what else I might join in with this week now; nothing like a win to boost your confidence is there?!

Happy crafting,
Big Hugs

Paula x x x

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Now then now then, guys and gals… 'Top o’ the mornin’ to ya’!

Yuck – what an awful wet and dreary morning in my part of the world…  I don’t think I’d have gotten a better picture this morning as I did in the dark using the flash last night – so I’m not going to bother re-taking them because nothing has changed on the desk.  

Even the cat hasn’t been on and scattered everything on the floor, so it must have been a cold night… (I put one of those wheat packs in her box, wrapped up in an unwanted pillow case, and wow – does she love that or what?!).  Oh, the very box that the Grand Calibur came in, that I sent back to C&C… no, not the product box! the outer box – the big brown cardboard box that she decided to move into.  Isn’t it marvellous, all the proper cat beds and stuff they’ve had over the years, and she decides that she prefers the cardboard box… We did try to swap her into an Avon box, but it had no flaps on so she wasn’t having any of it – so I swapped her back and she was happy again.

Right, back to the desk.  Yesterday evening, I decided to make a box to fit a couple of my CD ROMs in – a box similar to the kind you get a box set of something in.  I made it out of sturdy cardboard from a dog food box: I’d tried the dogs on something new so got a smaller box of it – the food comes in a bag so I whipped that out so that I could have the box – they are really great and far thicker than cereal boxes, so great to work with.

Here are the pictures before I started:

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Starting to prepare the area and getting my stuff out… (roughly translates to: moving all the mess backwards and sideward and trying to find what I need amongst all the mess)


Anyway, my hard work and patience (yes, I do have some) paid off because it all worked out great first time, so I was quite pleased with myself because I had to make all the flaps myself for the top and bottom of the box and of course it was made out of two separate sides of the box, so a bit of engineering and measuring was required – but that’s the fun of it for me – the challenge of making it work by using your skills of measuring and knowledge learned perhaps through putting a die cut box together, or deconstructing something to see how it works/  I do this with small boxes like the teabag boxes and tablet boxes etc. just to see how they’ve used the flaps etc. (sad I know!). 

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Anyway this is what the desk looked like afterwards…

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Just one more thing I don’t think I’ve show you before… In absence of being able to afford one of those lovely carousel thingies that you put you distress ink blender handles on, I’ve made something so that I can always find the right blender pad straight away.  I did this a few weeks ago and was going to make it a separate post – but didn’t know whether it quite warranted one!  Here it is:


Unfortunately, the flash bounced off the polypocket that it’s in, so I couldn’t get any picture better than this one!

I made a table of all the distress inks (well, the original ones), making each box big enough for the pad (the one on the Ranger site didn’t quite work so I had to do my own – but kept everything in the same order).

Once printed out and tried out to make sure the pads fit each box – (it was very tight - I had to get rid of all 4 margins), I laminated the sheet.

Once laminated, I attached a small piece of the hook side from some hook and eye tape (aka Velcro).  I didn’t need to attach the other side because the pads are already for attaching to the ‘hooks’ on the blender handle…

I attached all the pads (that I currently have the ink pads for), then placed it in a polypocket.  Why? you may ask. Well, I learnt from experience (as soon as I had stood it up on the back somewhere), that it might fall on to a project I’m working on and get ink all over it… yes, it did happen!  Lesson learnt and all that!

Well, that’s this weeks peek at my desk.  If you want to peek at more desk, please go HERE to our host of this ‘link party’ or ‘blog hop’, whatever you will, and see what its all about.  Last week 149 people linked up – I was number 148 for quite a while.  It’s quite a novelty being last on the list…

Please leave me a comment to say that you’ve been and read to the end (if you had the stamina that is)!!!  I can the return the favour and visit you back – although it might take a while.  I do try though – but often ‘stuff’ gets in the way – I know we all have our ‘stuff’, that’s why I appreciate your comment all the more – because it took your precious time to leave it – which makes it precious to me!

Happy crafting,
big hugs
Paula x x x x

Friday, 12 October 2012


The desk picture was kindly snapped by my younger son while I was recovering in bed yesterday.

I had been out to a friends house the day before which involved driving and sitting in her craft room for ages – the only way we could both get in was for her to change her office chair for a couple of small dining chairs which had hard seats – well, after sitting on them for a while, I had a terrible numb bum.  I was absolutely snickered when I got home (must have driven home on auto pilot).  I think I came to bed almost as soon as I came in.  Also, recently my forearms, wrists, hands fingers and thumb have been really painful and swollen at times.

Yesterday I could barely pick anything up with my left hand – although it’s usually my right hand that troubles me more.  The pain was like as if I had carpel tunnel syndrome.  It makes crafting and typing a bit more difficult – not as if I’ve done too much crafting recently.  The will is (half) there, the pain is definitely there, but the energy level isn’t.  I’ve sat at my desk a few times and shuffled papers and toppers I’ve made about.  I’ve started on a little project, but I can’t make my mind up about a couple of things, so it remains on my desk.

I’m not even sure, until I actually insert the picture, what my desk shows and doesn’t show… so here goes.  A revelation for you and me both!


A couple of simple(ish) cards on the desk that I’ve done recently – waiting to be put somewhere safe from being squished and ripped… Actually, I thought I had put them all in a clear bag – seems not.  Couple of cleaned out cans on the front of the desk waiting to be turned into something, then there’s a picture frame under one of the cards (centre desk) with some bits and bobs in which will become part of the project that matches the tins!!!  Not much else to report apart from that.

The only thing I’ve had any energy to do recently is to catalogue my CD’s and DVD ROMS (Crafting ones of course) and to add to my book where I keep details of which ink pads I’ve got and the like.  I need to do my embossing folders and my dies too.  I don’t do train spotting by the way, I just like to make a note of what I’ve got because a few times I’ve bought several items in my craft room more than once – some even 3 times because I completely forgotten that I already have it – e.g.  I had a row of Woodware punches just above the desk (on the ‘shelf’ where the little bird house and a pile of rolls of tapes are).  I had the yellow sized circle punch there – and ended up buying it 3 times.  3 times!!!!  It’s either the tablets or the stupid symptoms of having Fibromyalgia “fibro fog”.  I did the same with a TH Distress Ink too.  That was only twice though.  I’ve done it with Spellbinders dies – only I found out about that one before it was despatched.  I’m sure there’s more, but can’t remember.  

Anyway, just after my son took a picture of my desk, I took this picture when he brought the camera back up to me -here’s where I was – in my makeshift ‘office’!


Hmmm – thank goodness the cat changed her position just in time – she’s not very lady like sometimes!!!  Buddy ‘as seen on TV’ the Shih Tzu is normally staring at the cat (Tiggy) in a menacing way, wagging his tail and whimpering.  When I’m out of the room he decides to bark at her relentlessly.  She’s pretty used to it now and stands her ground, although she proper chases him with intent sometimes and he cowers into a corner.  Despite the fact that she’s getting her own back, he looks so worried that I have to rescue him from her.

Here’s another pic

What you looking at mum?

Back to the reference of Buddy ‘as seen on TV’ the Shih Tzu – did anyone see him on C&C on Sunday.  It was the Trimmings show with Martyn and Gina – the lady who does the buttons, frogging, tassels and trimmings, also the paper beading for tassel making.  They had said that cats were the original tassel assassins, so I sent an email in to the show telling them that I had my own tassel assassin, but he didn’t purr or meow.  His name is Buddy and he’s a 19 month old Shih Tzu. Despite being told not to touch it again after dragging it onto the windowsill from the tie-back hook.  There is a picture on my blog somewhere of the devastation Buddy caused to that very tie-back tassel.  

Anyway, to add to having my email read out and Buddy being on C&C for the 2nd time - they actually picked mine out of the spotty potty so I won this cute little tassel which is now on my car keys.  The first time he was on was when Leonie was doing a later show a few weeks ago and asked for viewers to send in pics of their pets, I sent her a montage of all of my fur babies that time. 

Anyway, it’s Thursday night /early hours of Friday morning as I am finishing this post  **now Friday lunch time as I finally upload this post to my blog**.  I’ve just come to bed and Bud Bud (as I call him – or even booboo) has come up with me too – and is playing happily with a dog chew – you know the type, with a knot in each end to make them look like a bone!  At least they don’t smell.  BTW, that's what the little fleece-type blanket is for at the foot of the bed.  It's the 'dog' blanket.  It's not the dog's blanket (per se) - it's the blanket for the dogs (but has to co-ordinate nontheless)!  Although Dylan will only stay until you scratch your leg or move 1 or 2 mm to get more comfy - he'll groan and jump down if you move, they both lay there and enjoy the chew there.  There must be dozens dotted here and there - but they have phases of sharing the same one.  I know, disgusting!!

On that note, I’m going to sign off, but not before I tell you about WOYWW – as in the title of this blog post.  Well WOYWW is the reason I've been explaining what is going on, on the old craft desk… You see WOYWW stands for "What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday”… only Julia – the mastermind behind WOYWW doesn’t mind if it’s not a desk, or even if it’s Wednesday – which is a big bonus for me really – because its more of a matter of WOYBF or What’s On Your Bed Friday!   Ok, maybe Thursday then – although the pics WERE taken on Wednesday!  Confused?  Yep – me too….

If you want to join in – then go HERE to Julia’s blog post – and she will maybe make more sense than me!!!

To all those WOYWWer’s going on this weekend’s crop – I wish you all a fabulous time, and really wish that I was going to be there with you… you are such an awesome lot – give lots of love to our Julia for me please – and to Lunch Lady Jan!!!.

Right, I’ll let you go and leave me a nice comment now… ((grins))…

happy crafting and big hugs to all

Paula x x x x

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


Jeeeeez, I never got round a lot of people last week and I so wanted to come by as many people as possible.

I’ve struggled this last week with energy levels and mojo.  I’ve just about had the strength to update the look of my blog – and because I’m fickle – I must have played about and changed it 5 times before I landed with this look… Jury’s still out!

Saturday saw me crafting with the lovely Stephanie Weightman – I’ve mentioned this in my last post – but I wanted to say how much fun it was.  It was a very casual laid back affair, which took place at the Crafting Co. and My Craft Studio warehouse  which is just down the road from me.  I was acting and crafting like an amateur – tiredness and clumsiness got the better of me… I came home and dabbled around a bit – finished off one of the cards that took me three attempts to still bring a wonky card home, so I put that right… after that I just had to have sleep – and went to bed for a few hours making it the longest sleep I've had in 5+ weeks.

Sunday – not much different.  Managed to faff around a bit – tidied the desk – which really means I put it all on the floor and left it there so it looks like this when I took the pictures earlier: (by the way – this is going to be rather pic heavy – which is good, right??

Oh Dear!
Next is an image of my printer – which obviously makes a great place to stack things… I now have to check the back of the printer because once, it wouldn’t work and it ended up that there was a Quality Street choc that had dropped there…. I’ve been careful ever since.

You are able to see a couple of the cards I worked on at the workshop on Saturday. 

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Now a picture of my desk with the lovely morning sunshine on it:

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This is a good picture to show continuity!!!

Oh – by the way, I was working in Windows Live Gallery cropping my pics the other day, and clicked on one of the other tabs, which I’d never done before - never needed to.  However, I came across Windows Live Writer which allows me to do blog posts straight from my photo gallery.  I’m probably the last person in blogland that has figured this out – but it means that I can write and save to my computer before I publish in blogland to my blog.  Great for when Mr Blogger is acting up and being temperamental.  At least I won't shouldn't lose my work doing it this way!

So I took my pictures about 8am this morning, then phoned a friend who I was supposed to be going to see today to spend some time crafting and bringing her into the technology age with blogging etc and show her some of the sites I enjoy visiting.  However, I had my appointment with my pain clinic consultant on Monday. Then yesterday I took my Mum to her doctors for a blood pressure check up, it's all left me quite exhausted.

On Monday, we discussed my pain and medication and the fact that the nerve block didn’t work (it initially caused more pain, then nothing – back to ‘normal’).
He said he wouldn’t go there because it caused me a lot of pain when he administered the 3 needles in my ribs and under shoulder blade – to block the intercostal nerve ‘messages’ off.  Anyway, he’s not increased my patch strength, he’s actually bumped up my Pregabalin (Lyrica) to maximum daily dose from 400mg to 600mg – which means 2 more tablets, so now on 23 painkillers a day – 25 including my other 2 tablets I take.  I still also have my local anaesthetic (Lidocane) patches, and I've got to use the Capsaicin cream on my back - the nurse gave me plenty of gloves although I have to get someone to do it for me (the active ingredient in the cream is chillies - well, the chemical from chillies that has nerve numbing properties that should also stop the pain 'messages' from being passed to my brain)...

Right, back to the desk: As I’ve been writing this, at first, I got a repeat of last week's performance – where I had a visitor on the desk wriggling and writhing about.  I think its because the radiator was on.  I didn’t manage to take a pic because I was on the phone to my friend (for almost 2 hours!!!)…  she was trying to grab anything and everything again so I had to move loads of the stuff that you see on the right of the desk (above), and add it to the shameful pile on the floor!  She was feeling frisky (not in that way)...

Sooooooooo!  The next minute, I caught her doing this…

let's tip this over - looks interesting...
She literally grabbed the bits bin, had a look in then pulled it over - and it was FULL!

oops - SHE's caught me... I'll just do my cute pose until she
looks away again..
ooooh - let me reach in here cos
I just want to see what else is in the bottom...
hmmm - this bit looks interesting
yeh, I defo like this, it's curly and springy -
I think it's one of those things that you
have that sticky tape stuff on that SHE uses with those card things...
tee hee hee, it's just curling round my paw...
yey - this is amazing it definitely
deserves one of my back rolls - it dangles in my face this way
and makes me look cute just in case SHE looks again!
where'd it go?
f o r g e t   i t - can't be bothered to look under there,
it's probably not clean anyway so I'll never find it!!
Fed up now - I'm off for a nap -
SHE'll clean it up for me!
All this while I was on the phone – as if it wasn’t already untidy enough??
Anyway – typical, she walks off and curls up somewhere and gets cosy and leaves me with this:

OK OK - so she's not had the cuttlebug or the scales, but
my little Katie Kitten was responsible for the rest!!!
Since taking these pictures and in between writing this post, I’ve hoovered up in here (conservatory/craft room), the kitchen and the lounge.  My wrists are quite painful now through holding the hoover and the pipe – my hands cramped up too – I’ve been getting a lot of pain around my carpel tunnel area recently which is probably down to the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.

My youngest son is suffering a bit on a sinus infection at the moment and is not himself at all… I just pray I don’t get it…

Right – enough of my waffle and randomness – go over to someone ahem, more sensible where you can learn all about the link party/desk hop that happens each week on a Wednesday – hence the WOYWW – What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – #174 denotes how many weeks (or Wednesdays) this hop has been going… Along the way, the numbers of participants have increased, friends have been made, people have decided to meet up (but no weddings yet lol)… 

So Julia is really the Pied Piper of the crafting world, picking up crafters as she whistles her happy tune…. If you want to be part of it – visit Julia and remember to leave a message – where ever you may go, enjoy!!!

Happy crafting
big hugs
Paula x x x

finally after being disrupted to feed the dogs, hoover up, stack the dishwasher, feed the cats and make some coleslaw, I'm ready to post this post to my blog.  I've been writing the above in fits and starts!!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

My Favourite Bear...

I have made quite a few (hundred?) cards that have never made it to this blog - because basically I either forget, or the time passes and momentum gone.  However, every now and again, I will find a reason or an excuse to bring one to the WWW.  Something that needs to become more of a routine!

Just to set the scene; I am trying much harder to keep up with my blogging and in the last few days, I've been tinkering about with my blog - have given it a new livery although not sure how long it will last as everything looks a bit large - like a website for the partially sighted - and I'm not poking fun at anyone but myself when I say that!  I might have to play around a bit more before I get it to a point where I'm happy with how it looks.

More importantly though, I've been playing with the gadgets in my bar - and making new blog lists.  Part of that little exercise has been to look at what challenges I could put there that I might possibly be able to take part in.

Now, as I may have said before - unless I'm making a card for a purpose i.e. because a friend or family members birthday is coming up, I struggle with making cards for the sake of making cards - I struggle with just making one to fit with a theme.  However, if I can incorporate a theme into my card that I have already set out to do - and it actually helps unblock what the tablets seem to be blocking, well we'll see what we can do.  Obviously there have been months and months when I've just not felt like doing anything - but because I bought and own a vast amount of crafting paraphinalia, (like the average crafter does) then I am obliged to make one.  It's the law.

So, I've been looking on this really helpful blog called 'Feline Playful' which lists all the challenges that are being held along with details of the theme plus details of whether its a weekly or monthly challenge etc etc.  I must have been a follower of Feline Playful for a couple of years now - but not fully appreciated what they do - so to have a good look at their site over the last couple of days has been a great revalation to me - and I love what they do.  I know quite a few bloggers will already know about this site - so I'm not trying to preach to the converted, just explain where I am with things right now.

The card I'm about to show can be entered into several challenges - it's a really long time since I have entered a challenge - so here goes....

This card was made to look like an open book and has 3 layers of pages as well as the back layer which is where I wrote my greeting and doubles as a stand too.  

The file was a freebie from the Clipart Fairy - I've just looked so I could link it up for you but it doesn't appear to be available any longer - however, you are sure to find something that you like there - so here's a link to the site itself HERE

The flowers and leaves were all hand made - die cut using Crealies dies, bought from Joanna Sheene.  Each flower has a little pearl flower in the centre.

The image is from my Forever Friends collection - the first Docrafts CD that was launched by Docrafts on Create and Craft.  However, because that version of the software is no longer installed on my PC (I do have the new one though), I saved all the jpegs so I can use in another graphics programme.  You are not able to access the jpeg files now but its not necessary anyway being as the software is really good.

The card was to my Goddaughter so oodles of pink is the law for a 9 year old's girly girl card!!!!

Here is an image of the box lid I made to put the card in:

I've made several cersions of this card now because they always turn out into a bit of a showpiece,have since made a cut file so that I can do it on my Cameo rather than have my rubbish cutting out ruining the card.  On some of those I have made since - I've given the 'pages' desinition and height by giving them a gentle curve.  You can do this by rolling (not tightly) the pages round a rolling pin or a hairspray can, but I prefer to gently curve them by pulling them agains the edge of the desk - sounds bizzare, but it does work - give it a go.  I have saved a couple of them that I haven't blogged yet so should do these one day.  One was for my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary last October - they liked it so much that my MIL has had it framed and displayed on the wall.

Anyway - this card is being entered into the following challenges.  Wish me luck!!!
Card Mania - Handmade Flowers
The Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots Challenges - Three (my 3 flowers - or three pages)
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Use Pink
Forever Friends - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Design Challenge - Bears
Lexi's Creations - Pink
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - Handmade Flowers
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Victorine Stamps - Lots of Layers

Well, there are a lot of challenges there that I believe my card fits into - I've looked at the rules - and at the info that Feline Playful helpfully provide - fingers crossed... all I have to do now is re-visit these blogs so that I can link this post to them.

I hope you like this card - I really love it personally and think I'll use it as inspiration in a few upcoming cards.

Crafty hugs

Paula x x x 

Blog Candy Giveaway

Everyone likes a chance to win some blog candy right?

Well, my blogging friend and fellow MCS Platinum Club Member Lou, is having a blogaversary in the next few days and has decided to have a 'bit' of a giveaway...

You should check her out here because there is some serious stuff on the list and she's adding to it all the time - she's one generous lady!!!  Mind you - I should have kept quiet then I would have had more of a chance - but I'm not like that... besides, Lou wanted to spread the word.

Go HERE to check her ever growing list out - all you have to do is link up to Mr Linky.  How easy could it be?

That's all folks

happy crafting

Paula x x x 


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